Cardinal Zen demands truth over fate of Chinese bishop

February 22, 2015 by  
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China, February 17, 2015: Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun led protests outside the Chinese government’s liaison office in Hong Kong on Saturday demanding official confirmation of the death of detained Bishop Cosmas Shi Enxiang, reports Ucanews.

Cardinal Zen holding Bishop Shi's image“The news of his death had been circulating for two weeks. The government should give us an answer. Is he really dead? When and where did it happen? Will they return the remains to his family,” said Cardinal Zen after the protest.

Family members said they had been informed by Hebei provincial officials in January that the bishop had died, but other local officials have subsequently denied knowing anything about the Bishop’s whereabouts or indeed whether he was dead or alive, according to a Church source.

“One official told the family later that the official who informed them of the news was drunk, while another one said the family had misunderstood, saying that the official approached the family to ask if they knew the recent situation of the Bishop,” said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.

“Isn’t it ridiculous that the officials asked information from the family when it was the government who detained him?” he said.

Bishop Shi, who has spent the best part of the last 60 years in various Chinese prisons and labour camps after refusing to denounce his loyalty to the Catholic Church, would turn 94 this month.

There has been no official confirmation by Chinese authorities of his whereabouts or whether he is dead or alive.

– cathnews

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